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U.S. OPEN CUP

August 7. 2007
U.S. OPEN CUP ROUNDUP
Sounders in 5-0 upset of Rapids


SEATTLE SOUNDERS 5, COLORADO RAPIDS 0
SEATTLE---The Seattle Sounders pulled off their second straight upset of an MLS team , routing the Colorado Rapids 5-0 at Qwest Field Tuesday night. The Sounders advance to the semi-finals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where they will face FC Dallas on September 4.

Taylor Graham, Zach Scott and own goal gave the Sounders a 3-0 lead. Second half tallies by Sebastien Le Toux and Josh Gardner settled the score line at 5-0. The Sounders are on an 11 game unbeaten streak, including a 2-0 Open Cup win over Chivas USA.

Colorado nearly took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute, but Seattle defender Danny Jackson cleared a Casey Connor shot off the goal line.


CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 1, RICHMOND KICKERS 0
CARY, NC----Connally Edozian scored the lone goal to give the Carolina RailHawks (USL1) a 1-0 win over the Richmond Kickers (USL2) in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal match at SAS Soccer Park Tuesday.

The RailHawks got on the board in the 64th minute, when Johnny Steel slotted a ball to Edozien near the penalty spot. Edozian slid a low shot past Kickers goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale.

The Kickers two best chances in the first half were stifled when a goal by David Bulow was called back due to an offside call and a Matt Watson attempt was cleared off the line by former Kicker Chris Carrieri.

Carolina will face the winner of Wednesday’s match between the Harrisburg City islanders (USL2) and the New England Revolution.



FC DALLAS 2, CHARLESTON BATTERY 1
CHARLESTON, SC – FC Dallas advanced to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the sixth time in team history on Tuesday night with a 2-1 overtime win over the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium.

Arturo Alvarez scored the game-winner five minutes into extra time, cutting back from the right side before hitting a shot past Charleston keeper Dusty Huddock. For Alvarez, it was his fourth goal in the last five games he’s played in.

Charleston got on the board first on a blast by midfielder Stephen Armstrong in the 17th minute. Taking the ball down the left flank, an unmarked Armstrong ripped a dipping left-footed shot from nearly 35 yards over the head of FCD keeper Ray Burse to give the Battery the 1-0 lead.

FCD kept the pressure up and evened the scored in the 23rd minute. Dax McCarty sent corner kick in from the left side that was met by defender Clarence Goodson, who headed the ball past Charleston keeper Dusty Huddock at the near post.

   
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